Vespericola columbianus (I. Lea 1838) Northwest Hesperian

Polygyridae, ,Gastropoda, Mollusca, Animalia

Range: Known from all regions of western Washington from near sea-level to at least 1300 m elevation.

Identification: Juvenile specimens less than 8.5 mm diameter that lack a reflected lip and an elongate tooth are difficult to identify to species by external characters; Cryptomastix germana has more whorls per unit diameter than Vespericola columbianus.

Description: Shell brown with 5 to 6 closely coiled whorls; body pale brown; parietal tooth-like barrier rarely present.

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Etymology: vespericola – dwellers in the evening or west; named for Columbian province